God Gave Us the World- a truly beautiful book (review)

I recently got the chance to read a fabulous children’s book- God Gave Us the World, written by Lisa T. Bergren and illustrated by Laura J. Bryant.

Weather or not you are a deeply religious person, I think you will love this book. Why? Because I think this book is fantastic for everyone who has a child, and wants their child to grow up tolerant and loving towards others. You don’t have to even be a certain religion for this book- it just speaks about “God”.
This book is extremely well written, has a great flow, and lovely illustrations. It is all about a little polar bear who doesn’t understand why there are other types of bears in the world, why they live in other places, look different, and eat different foods. (Sound familiar?) The loving and thoughtful mother polar bear explains that God made the world, and made all the creatures in in. That we all love our homes and foods the best, because it’s what we know. There are some very wise and well written responses to some not-so-easy questions. I loved this book, I love the premise. It’s just so lovely! The fact that the Little Cub is questioning the colors and food choices of other bears is really interesting, and is helpful to let kids draw a parallel to humans. Should we all look alike, or are we beautiful because we are different? If we all looked the same and ate the same and lived in the same places and houses- would that be as much fun? Would it be as interesting?
It is told to be understood from a child’s viewpoint, and is so loving and gentle in it’s manner- it makes the kids sit and listen, they can all understand and relate it to their own lives. My kids and my Pre-K class were quiet for this book, they were very interested and wanted to hear what came next.
“Little Cub’s trip to a special museum exhibit, “Bears Around the World,” sparks a flurry of questions from the young polar bear who is just beginning to learn about life beyond her North Pole home.

“Every bear has a special place in God’s great, big world.”

This adorable story offers young children who are discovering their place in God’s big world an opportunity to learn about the wonder of diversity, the gift of creativity, the importance of caring for His gifts, and how each child-each creation-is special to God. “

Also Available:

God Gave Us You
God Gave Us Two
God Gave Us Christmas
God Gave Us Heaven
God Gave Us Love
God Gave Us So Much – a limited three book treasury

We had some really great discussions after reading this book. I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone who has a child or grandchild, niece or nephew, any child in their life that you would like to pass on a message of love to.
This book was peaceful, quiet, thoughtful, and reflective. I really enjoyed reading it with the kids.
There are other books by this author in the same sort of theme- I am planning on checking them out. If they are anywhere near as good as this one, I will be adding them to our library.

God Gave Us the World is available for $10.99 from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group. You can Like Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers on Facebook as well.

Have a great day, and happy reading!

DISCLOSURE: A product sample was provided for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed in this post are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.This is a MamaBuzz review. The product was provided by RandomHouse.com/Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

The Dragon and the Turtle go on Safari- a review

The Dragon and The Turtle go on Safari written by Donita K. Paul and Evangeline Denmark and illustrated by Vincent Nguyen, is about a little dragon and turtle who go on a camping trip. They are a little scared, and must be brave! They have a few adventures, and tell each other stories to help one another feel better. Will they make it all night outside?

It has cute drawings and I like the camping out story. It was a little long, and I “lost” a few of the kids at the Pre-K, especially the younger ones. However, the very Irish dragon was a fun find, and that amused me, at least, LOL.

Padraig the dragon and his best friend, Roger the turtle are determined to spend the whole night outside. As brave explorers at the base of Mount Sillymanborrow, the boys use their imaginations to have fun while munching on crunchy baked bugs and toasting s’mores over their campfire. But when the sky gets dark and the sounds of strange animals fill the forest outside their tent, their safari gets scary. This adventure is just what the boys need to discover that the dark might be frightening, but their friendship is stronger than fear.”

My son liked that the turtle in The Dragon and the Turtle go on Safari looked like “Franklin”, and because we are campers here, he kept telling the dragon and the turtle “It’s OK! You are fine! Your mommy says GO TO SLEEP!” (hehehe)
He also thinks they would sleep better if they had Toy Story sleeping bags, LOL.
My take? Cute, but a bit dragged-out in places. The camping out aspect was fun, and kids always like dragons, so that was a bonus. Plus- he was red like Mulan’s dragon- so some of our “princess heads” liked that!

You can purchase The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari for $11.99 from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group. You can Like Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers (Waterbrook Press) on Facebook, as well- they have some fun stuff! 🙂

DISCLOSURE: A product sample was provided for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed in this post are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.This is a MamaBuzz review. The product was provided by RandomHouse.com/Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

Shmirshky, a review

New Book! This one is a little bit out of my “normal” reads, LOL, but informative nonetheless. It’s about women who are going through menopause, and pre-menopause. I’m a bit young for this now, but it is good to know what’s to come! It’s not like people discuss this stuff on the regular- though maybe they should. If all women go through some kind of menopausal issues- why not at least understand what’s going on?

It’s a but much at times- the author is trying really hard to be funny and witty, and sometimes it’s just like GROAN, ok, yep. Got it. And the words Shmirshky and Erlick are used every other second. But it is not a dry read, it’s not boring, and that is saying something when the topic is as “touchy” as this one. If you are going to read a book on the subject- and we all should- give this one a try. It’s a quick read, and like I said- you won’t be bored. It also has some good suggestions for going to the doctor and things to watch out for. Kind of like a “What to Expect When You’re Expecting….the Menopause Years” (LOL)

Are you a woman? Or do you know one? Then
Shmirshky: the pursuit of hormone happiness is for you! Shmirshky is the first book on menopause of its kind — it’s easy, funny, and full of love! Rest assured, this is not your mother’s menopause resource book. The truth is, your mother probably never had a book on menopause, and if she did, she probably thought it was really boring. Reading shmirshky is like having a cocktail with a hilarious friend, who just so happens to know a lot about menopause.
Let’s face it, menopause doesn’t have the best reputation in the world. It’s rarely talked about, and when it is, it’s usually quickly dismissed and often dreaded. Shmirshky, a menopause resource, redefines this time in a woman’s life, turning a taboo topic into an all-inclusive page turner.
Whether you’re a forty-five-year-old woman in perimenopause or an eighteen-year-old man who thinks his mom is in need of an exorcism, Shmirshky is the perfect introduction to a subject we all encounter in one way or another.
Shmirshky: the pursuit of hormone happiness comes with a Daily Symptoms Chart, which will help you communicate your symptoms to your doctor. Remember, reaching out is IN. Suffering in silence is OUT!

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Show me How! Contest

I was recently sent a book called “Show me How! : Build Your Child’s SelfEsteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking written by author Vivian Kirkfield ” which I really liked. I think most of you know that I spend pretty much every waking moment surrounded by the “little people”, LOL. The development of children is supremely important to me, as I believe it is for most of you. As a mommy and as a teacher, I enjoy spending time with them, and learning how to improve that time and help them get he most out of it is great.
I absolutely love the ideas and examples. The author draws from so many great children’s books, that even if you work at a Pre-K and have a massive home library like yours truly, you will still need to utilize your local library. (And there is another great way to spend dome quality time with your kiddos!)
For example, there is a reading activity in which the adult reads “Alexander, Who is Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move” by Judith Viorst. The child is anxious about moving, and so the parental notes on the bottom suggest activities that can help make the child feel more confident and even excited about the move. Change is scary! You can overcome the fears together.
There is a fun activity in the crafting area, about how to make a sundial A sundial! How fun and how creative is that!? I love it!

This newly published book for parents, grandparents and teachers of preschoolers, SHOW MEHOW! BUILD YOUR CHILD’S SELF-ESTEEM THROUGH READING, CRAFTING AND COOKING“, pinpoints 100 picture books every young child should hear and provides a story summary, parenting tip, eco-friendly craft project and child-friendly healthful cooking activity for each recommended title. This great resource helps parents and teachers build self-esteem, develop pre-literacy skills and create a life-long parent-child bond. The fun-filled, self-esteem building activities give parents a newfound sense of confidence and competence in their own parenting abilities as well.
The reviews, from picture book authors, self-esteem experts, educators and parents, have been wonderful.
“What a lovely book! A delightful guide with storybook recommendations, imaginative recipes and creative projects that will keep little ones busy and happy…and grown ups too.” -Katharine Holabird, Angelina Ballerina author
SHOW ME HOW! is a wonderful resource for people who care for their children and hope to better their reading and learning experience. Kirkfield is to be commended for this book!” -Norman Bridwell, Clifford the Big Red Dog author.
“Library Journal says, “Former kindergarten teacher Kirkfield offers the 1st in a new “Positive Parental Participation” series. Organized by chapters such as mastering tasks and skills, valuing strengths and qualities and feeling appreciated and loved, the chapters contain 15-20 theme-oriented picture books with plot summaries, craft suggestions and recipes for healthy and child-friendly foods. This guide’s format and trifold approach of reading, crafting and cooking is commendable.” This reality-based program provides fun-filled educational activities that parents and children will enjoy. “Using this book with children will not only help build their self-esteem, it’ll also turn them into life-long readers and lovers of books! I wish SHOW ME HOW! had existed when my own children were young.” –Suzanne Williams, author of over 27 children’s books — “A wonderful resource for people who care about their children and hope to better their reading and learning experience” -Norman Bridwell, author of Clifford the Big Red Dog – With keen insight and proven experience, Ms. Kirkfield empowers parents with simple and effective strategies to help their children develop a positive self-image. Chapter One, “I CAN DO IT MYSELF”, focuses on mastering tasks and skills. Chapter Four, “I AM REALLY MAD RIGHT NOW!”, shows how important it is to be able to express our feelings. “Parents and caretakers will find inspiration in this delightful guide to reading and planning activities with young children.” -Katharine Holabird, author of Angelina Ballerina — “A valuable, timely and timeless book that increases each child’s level of healthy self-esteem. It’s sure to be a family favorite!” -Sheila Glazov, author of What Color Is Your Brain — This book is the answer to a busy parent’s prayer. With the turn of every page, you will build self-esteem, develop pre-reading skills and create a life-long parent-child bond.”

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Tales From the Yoga Studio

Tales from the Yoga Studio: A Novel by Rain Mitchell

I was recently sent this book to read, the first of a series. It was a light, fast read, and a pleasant one as well. Most of you know I am a lover of both books and yoga, so this one of course seemed like a natural fit for me! It was a fun read about a group of friends who meet and bond over yoga. Their lives are different, but they all find solace in each other and in the experience that is yoga. The story meets some of the characters as they already know each other, and more as they are introduced, and is told in turns of each of their viewpoints, which was also fun. It is for sure “chick lit“, which is not my favorite genre, but it was not sloppy-dramatic or too over the top. I am not saying you will relate to all the details, but you will like the characters and the book itself is a “Good Read”. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars on the Goodreads website. (If any of you are members, feel free to friend me! My widget is on the right-hand side near the middle of the page.)

More about Tales from the Yoga Studio

“A sparkling new series introducing five unforgettable women who flock to yoga at turning points in their lives and find the gift of lasting friendship.

The yoga studio is where daily cares are set aside, mats are unfurled, and physical exertion leads to well-being, renewal, and friendship. An aggressively expanding chain of Los Angeles yoga “experience centers,” has Lee and her extraordinary teaching abilities in its sights. They woo her with a lucrative contract, a trademarked name for her classes, and a place for her handsome musician husband. But accepting the contract means abandoning the students at the homey studio Lee runs in L.A.’s Silver Lake district- and leaving behind four women whose friendships are suddenly more important to her than retirement benefits and a salary increase.

Tales from the Yoga Studio is an insider’s look at the current obsession with yoga, told with enough humor, wit, and warmth to charm and delight readers, whether or not they’ve ever done a Downward Dog.”

Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas- a fun review!

Best gift for movie buffs ever!
I seem to be in the mood for books lately, LOL. Well, anyone who knows me will tell you I am a big reader! (And I know quite a few of you are my “Goodreads” Friends, and we all know what we read, LOL)
I got to read this fun and festive book- Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas, by Alonso Duralde. I am not the world’s biggest movie buff- that title goes to a friend of mine, LOL. However, there are some HUGE movie fans in my circle- an uncle, my good friend, and my husband are all SUPER into movie facts and trivia. (I don’t even watch that many, LOL)
Regardless, this was a “Good Read”. It was a really fun book, full of fun facts, interesting tidbits, and information on all your favorites, past and present. I do love the “oldies”, and I am very into the “Old Hollywood” actors and actresses and the whole bygone era- those are things I like to read about! There were great parts of this book dedicated to actors of the 30’s, of the classic “It’s a Wonderful Life”, and so many more.
You can read about anything even remotely having to do with Christmas– the classics, the family themes, holiday horror and gore (ew), Crime, kitch, you name it, it’s in here!
Do you have a movie buff on your list? This is the gift for them- it will be their favorite gift this year!

“It is my pleasure to introduce you to the hilarious and informative holiday film book, Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas to be released by Limelight Editions on October 15, 2010. Don’t waste another second of your valuable holiday time on another boring Christmas movie. Film critic Alonso Duralde highlights the best – and worst – movies of the Yuletide season with this fun and informative film guide. Whether you’re looking for the classics, family favorites, holiday horror, Christmas-themed crime epics, or the most wonderfully awful cinematic lumps of coal, Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas will point you and your rental queue in the right direction.”

Book Review- America, Love It or Leave It- So I Left

America- Love it or Leave it- So I Left
A book written by a young man who renounced his American citizenship and left. The hows, wheres, and whys. Or sort of. Partly. But it was mostly spewing hatred of those who were not born with a silver spoon in their mouth.

I thought this book would be less about hate. The author’s hatred for anyone who is not just like him- or perhaps anyone who is not him or directly related to him, is palpable. Such a “turn-off”. Author comes off as obnoxious, classist, egotistical. You can dislike a character in a book, but an egomaniacal author makes for a rough read when the book is a memoir. Even with interesting and unique material, which this has. The words “I”, “Me”, and “Money” were used so often in this book, that that alone should explain this author’s views on the world and humanity in general. He has a clear dislike of those whom he refers to as “the masses” and “the sheep”- ie, anyone who makes less then $300,000 a year, did not go to an ivy league school, is not in business.

Party In My Tummy!

Quick book review! Little Man just got this Book- It’s from his favorite show- Yo Gabba Gabba!!!
It’s called “Party In My Tummy”.
Do you, like me, have a Yo Gabba Gabba Fan in your house? This new board-book is adorable. It is a fun “lift the flap” book, where the characters invite their favorite foods to the “party” in their tummies. They are reminded to eat their veggies, too! If you have a YGG lover, they will love this book. SO, SO cute. And he made me read it, like, 5 times, of course. And we brought it to school today, where we had to read it before the kids ate lunch, lol….